American Sign Language

The ASL program at Oxnard College prepares interested students for a multitude of careers working with Deaf and hard of hearing people by serving as a foundation for students planning to enter Bachelor’s degree programs in Deaf Studies, Interpretation, Deaf Education and social services, among others.  Now the third most studied modern language in the U.S., Oxnard College simultaneously recognizes the growing body of students in alternate disciplines who are interested in building fluency in ASL.  Our courses equip students with the linguistic proficiency and cultural competency to interact with deaf people in their respective fields, and to contribute to a greater societal understanding and appreciation for the Deaf community.  We provide a series of four courses in the language, with cultural study embedded in each.  A separate Deaf Studies course is also offered, which provides a deeper exploration into the culture, history, customs and social issues of relevance to the Deaf community

For more information contact:

Mati Sanchez
Languages and Reading Department Chair


Full-time Faculty


photo of Emily Zwaal

Emily Zwaal
Associate Professor of American Sign Language
Gallaudet University, MA
Letters & Science Building Office "B"


Part-time Faculty

Joel Garcia
ASL Instructor

Debra Kaskus
ASL Instructor

Adriana Nino
ASL Instructor